28 January 2020

Greater China

  • Workers in protective suits monitor a screen showing the thermal scan to check temperatures of passengers arriving at the Nanjing Railway Station on Monday. Photo: CNSPHOTO via Reuters

    Coronavirus death toll tops 100

    Jan 28, 2020 1:13pm
    The new strain of coronavirus spreading across China claimed its first victim in Beijing, officials said on Tuesday, as the death toll climbed to 106. Meanwhile, the United States warned citizens against trips to China and...
  • An undated photo released by the Central Hospital of Wuhan shows medical staff attending to a patient. When a mystery virus started appearing, the first response of the authorities was to keep it quiet, the author observes. Handout photo/Weibo via Reuters

    Why the dictatorship makes a deadly virus even worse

    - Jan 24, 2020 2:45pm
    When it comes to a choice between securing citizens’ health and maintaining the health of the Chinese Communist Party there is no contest. Citizens cannot expect the ‘mere’ spread of a deadly virus to change this...
  • Paramilitary officers wearing masks stand guard Thursday at an entrance of a closed railway station in Wuhan after the city was locked down following the new coronavirus outbreak. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

    China virus death toll climbs to 25, infections spread

    Jan 24, 2020 9:48am
    The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak has climbed to 25, with infection cases standing at more than 800, Chinese authorities said on Friday. The National Health Commission said 830 cases had been confirmed so...
  • Dr Maria D Van Kerkhove, head of emerging diseases and zoonoses unit at WHO, speaks at a news conference in Geneva on Thursday following a meeting to discuss the new China coronavirus outbreak. Handout photo via Reuters

    WHO stops short of declaring global emergency over China virus

    Jan 24, 2020 9:06am
    The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday called a new coronavirus that has killed 18 people in China and infected around 650 globally “an emergency in China”, but stopped short of declaring a public health emergency...
  • Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam attends a session at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Carrie Lam says she must stay on as HK faces several crises

    Jan 23, 2020 10:24am
    Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam said on Wednesday that she can’t run away from her job as there are several crises to manage in the territory. Lam told a gathering at the World Economic Forum...
  • Commuters wearing masks queue at the Wuchang Railway Station in Wuhan on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

    Cathay to let crew wear masks on all flights due to Wuhan virus

    Jan 23, 2020 9:40am
    Cathay Pacific Airways (00293.HK) will allow all crew members and frontline employees to wear surgical masks due to concerns over a new coronavirus, and said passengers to and from Wuhan, China, could change or cancel flights for...
  • As concerns grow over a new China coronavirus, Hong Kong has stepped up temperature screening of passengers at the airport and a high-speed rail station. Photo: Bloomberg

    HK quarantines man over initial positive test for Wuhan virus

    Jan 23, 2020 9:32am
    Hong Kong quarantined a 39-year-old man on Wednesday after the city’s first preliminary positive result in a test for the new flu-like coronavirus found in an outbreak in central mainland China, Reuters reports. The tourist from...
  • Staff members wearing masks monitor thermal scanners to detect the body temperatures of passengers passing through the Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan on Tuesday. Photo: China Daily via Reuters

    Wuhan shuts down transport in bid to stop spread of virus

    Jan 23, 2020 8:57am
    Deaths from China’s new flu-like virus rose to 17 on Wednesday, with more than 540 cases confirmed, prompting Wuhan — the city at the center of the outbreak — to close transportation networks and urge citizens...
  • Guangdong is among the Chinese provinces that have set lower economic growth targets for this year. Photo: Bloomberg

    China provinces cut 2020 GDP growth targets

    Jan 22, 2020 3:20pm
    About two-thirds of China’s provinces, regions and municipalities have cut their 2020 growth targets from last year, Reuters reports. Of provincial-level regions, 22 including Beijing, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Henan, Hainan, and Fujian, set lower growth targets this...
  • Amid a China coronavirus scare, Macau is coordinating with the city's gaming firms to introduce body temperature screening measures at entrances to all casinos. Photo: Reuters

    Macau confirms first Wuhan virus case

    Jan 22, 2020 2:58pm
    Macau confirmed on Wednesday its first case of pneumonia linked to an outbreak of a newly identified coronavirus that has killed nine people in mainland China. The case involves a 52-year-old Wuhan businesswoman who reported to...
  • Chinese authorities are discouraging public gatherings in Hubei province as part of efforts to control a new virus outbreak. Photo: Bloomberg

    China virus death toll rises to nine

    Jan 22, 2020 1:19pm
    The death toll from a new flu-like coronavirus in China rose to nine on Wednesday with 440 confirmed cases, Reuters reports, citing Chinese health officials. Another 2,197 people who came into contact with infected people were...
  • Following the first confirmed US case of the new coronavirus, US health officials have enhanced their travel alert for China’s Wuhan. Photo: Reuters

    US officials announce their first case of China coronavirus

    Jan 22, 2020 9:06am
    A Washington state man who recently traveled to China has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, becoming the first confirmed US case of the newly identified illness that has killed six people in China and sickened some...
  • The 9958 Rescue Centre, a crowd-sourcing platform under the China Charities Aid Foundation for Children, raised several million yuan for Wu Huayan. Photo:

    Death of student sparks outcry over charities

    - Jan 21, 2020 4:57pm
    The death of Wu Huayan, a severely malnourished student from Guizhou, has sparked public outcry. Wu is said to be working multiple part-time jobs to support her own education and help take care of her mentally...
  • Meng Hongwei is said to have told a Tianjin court that he will not file an appeal against the judgment handing him a long jail term and a fine for corruption. Photo: Reuters

    China ex-Interpol chief gets more than 13 years jail for graft

    Jan 21, 2020 4:39pm
    A Chinese court on Tuesday handed former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei thirteen-and-a-half years  in jail and fined him 2 million yuan (US$290,000) for receiving bribes and abuse of official positions, Reuters reports. The court was quoted...
  • China remained the second largest recipient of FDI globally, but the nation's direct investments overseas have fallen. Photo  Reuters

    China 2019 FDI up 5.8%, outbound investment slumps

    Jan 21, 2020 3:59pm
    Foreign direct investment (FDI) in China was up 5.8 percent last year to 941.5 billion yuan (US$136.71 billion), the nation’s commerce ministry said on Tuesday. It marked the biggest rise since 2017, when FDI grew 7.9...
  • A reorganized Baoshang Bank will be taken over by an investor group comprising some local governments in China and state controlled firms, according to a report. Photo: Bloomberg

    Baoshang Bank to be acquired by local govts, state firms: report

    Jan 21, 2020 3:00pm
    China’s troubled Baoshang Bank will be taken over by local governments and a group of state firms, Reuters reports, citing an unidentified central bank official. The governments of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Baotou, a major...
  • Medical workers transfer a patient from an ambulance at the Jinyintan hospital, where patients with pneumonia caused by a new strain of coronavirus are being treated, in Wuhan on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    China says fourth person dies in Wuhan pneumonia outbreak

    Jan 21, 2020 9:06am
    A fourth person has died from pneumonia in the central Chinese city of Wuhan following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, Reuters reports, citing local health authorities. The 89-year-old man developed symptoms on Jan. 13 and...
  • China will continue to implement tax and fee reduction measures this year, focusing on the manufacturing sector, a minister said on Monday. Photo: Bloomberg

    China confident of stabilizing industrial growth: minister

    Jan 20, 2020 3:07pm
    China is confident of maintaining steady industrial growth this year despite big pressures on the sector, with tax cuts and broad policy support likely to help stabilize the situation, the nation’s industry minister said on Monday....
  • Most, if not all, of the 27,000 hotel rooms of the six licensed casino operators in Macau have been fully booked a week ahead of the Lunar New Year. Photo: Bloomberg

    Macau is paradise but HK is hell for mainland tourists

    - Jan 20, 2020 11:02am
    Macau must be heaven for mainland tourists, while Hong Kong is shunned. Most, if not all, of the 27,000 hotel rooms of the six licensed casino operators in the former Portuguese enclave have been fully booked...
  • China's fresh pneumonia cases come as the nation gears up for the Lunar New Year holidays. Representational image: Bloomberg

    China confirms 139 new pneumonia cases; outbreak spreads

    Jan 20, 2020 9:59am
    China on Monday reported 139 new cases of pneumonia over the weekend, caused by the outbreak of a new coronavirus strain that medical experts are still struggling to understand. Authorities also said that the outbreak is...